Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has reportedly narrowed the field of potential running mates to three candidates: U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Washington Post, citing unnamed “Democrats familiar with the process,” states that the positions, backgrounds and financial dealings of the three officials are currently undergoing a vetting procedure. The Post cited other unnamed sources that insisted Clinton’s campaign was also studying a larger list of possible running mates.
If this report is correct, it would contradict a recent assertion by Castro that he was not being vetted for the Democratic Party’s vice presidential slot. The inclusion of Warren in the mix is also curious, as a recent Politico report stated that Wall Street donors have threatened to withhold contributions to Clinton if Warren was named as her running mate.
Of the three candidates, Kaine is the least prominent within the financial services world: A former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he was elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves on the Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations Committees. Kaine was reportedly shortlisted among possible running mates for Barack Obama in 2008, but lost that opportunity to Joe Biden.